Backup Old Notes Of OneNote Or Import Them Later On In Another OneNote Installation

There may be a time which comes when you know you would need to format your computer and install windows on it again, at such times the most important thing you will think is about saving your documents and files, and if you happen to be a Microsoft OneNote user you will worry about how to save to notes you have created using OneNote.


Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 automatically creates backup copies of your notes. Only sections that have changed since the last backup are backed up again. You can change how many backup copies are kept, how often they are created, and where they are stored. You can also manually back up your notes at any time and use backup files to restore your notes.

By default, OneNote backup files are stored on your computer on the same hard disk drive as the original notebook files. If you routinely work with important or mission-critical information, it’s a good idea to change the location of your backup files to a separate hard disk drive or to a private folder on a network.

How To Backup Created Notes Of OneNote

Storing notebook backups on the same hard disk drive as your original notebook files helps protect your notes from being accidentally changed, corrupted, or deleted while you work. It also makes restoration of notes quick and easy. To further protect important notes, however, change the default location of your OneNote Backup folder. Suitable backup locations include a folder on a separate hard disk drive, a removable hard disk drive, or a private folder on your network.

Depending on your computer’s operating system, backups of your notebook files are stored in one of the following default locations:

  • On Microsoft Windows XP, the Backup folder for your notebooks is located at C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\OneNote\Backup.
  • On Windows Vista, the Backup folder for your notebooks is located at C:\Users\user name\AppData\Microsoft\OneNote\12.0\Backup.

How To Import Backup Notes In OneNote

For each section that you restore, OneNote creates a new section in your current notebook with the name Section Name (On Date), where Section Name is the name of the original section and Date is the date the section was last saved.

  1. On the File menu, click Open Backup.
  2. In the Open Backup dialog box, in the Backup folder, double-click the notebook folder that contains the file or files that you want to restore.
  3. Select one or more backup files to restore, and then click Open.

TIP   To select more than one file at a time, hold down CTRL and click each file that you want.

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